Category Archives: Literature Reviews

A Sister’s Sacrifice

A Sister’s Sacrifice
Chris B. Porter

They say when you die and go to heaven, your loved ones are there waiting for you. This wasn’t the case for Megan. Her memories felt clouded and she knew something wasn’t quite right. Wasn’t Ashley supposed to be there too?

Megan would gladly leave heaven and search the darkest areas in the afterlife to find her sister. Luckily, she finds some help along the way.

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Exodus Lost by M C Compton

Exodus Lost
M. C. Compton

Aztec and Mayan chronicles told of voyagers who arrived from across the Atlantic Ocean centuries before Columbus. Remembered as founding fathers, they hailed from a remote land called Tlillan Tlapallan, “Black Land Red Land.” Now, for the first time, Exodus Lost presents compelling evidence that this lost homeland was Kemet Deshret, “Black Land Red Land,” the ancient Egyptian name for Egypt. From this follow a series of groundbreaking discoveries into the origins of Mexican civilization, the roots of Western civilization, the creation of the alphabet, the history of the pyramids, and even new archaeological evidence for several major Bible stories. Enter a world of exploration and discovery, mystery and revelation. Whether your passion is archaeology or religion, history or simply a great adventure, Exodus Lost delivers. Beautifully illustrated with 126 photos, maps, and engravings.

“Exodus Lost is a first-rate intellectual adventure. Its fresh perspective and new revelations make for a thoughtful and captivating journey into the roots of Mesoamerican and Western civilizations. I highly recommend this thought-provoking new book.”
—Dr. Jonathan Fanton, President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

“I thoroughly enjoyed Exodus Lost. It is definitely a page-turner; it reads like a scholarly mystery novel bringing various clues together to solve an ancient mystery. You will not want to put it down once you start. What’s more, the author’s theories correlate with some of the latest archaeological evidence coming to light. Exodus Lost brings sound research and archaeology together to give readers a different and intriguing perspective on ancient history!”
—Dr. David Kaufman, linguistic anthropologist

“My husband took this manuscript on our yearly vacation to Padre Island. All I can tell you is that neither of us could put the manuscript down until it was finished. Only later did the irony of the situation appear: the scholarly documentation of the Pre-Columbian civilization of Mesoamerica articulated in such an engaging spell-binding manner that neither of us could stop reading it. Guaranteed to be a real page-turner.”
—Dr. Vienna Schwartz

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The Sorceress’s Apprentice

The Sorceress’s Apprentice
JL Lahey

Badger, an eight-year-old orphan, has spent his entire life hiding in books, reading of the heroic deeds performed by valiant knights and courageous adventurers.

While attempting to save the lives of his fellow orphans he manifests a magic like power.  He soon learns that using this power comes with a great risk to his own life.

A beautiful sorceress, clad all in black, arrives with an offer to adopt him and teach him how to properly wield his powers.

Once they leave, he learns that the sorceress is really the leader of a group of adventurers, and they’re not the type of heroes that he has ever read about in books.  They’re the kind that steal, get drunk, rob graves, loot tombs, and shoot people in the back.  They basically only do what they need to in order to have a really good time.

Badger is wondering what type of tale has he gotten into, because he has never read a story quite like this one!

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For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story

For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story
Simon Gandossi

PERTH, Australia – Simon Gandossi has always been fascinated by history. Coupled with his equal passion for writing, he narrates a tale of resilience, of survival and of determination as he shares the story of Sarah Ashdown. “For Beau” (published by Xlibris AU) follows the life of the heroine as she displays courage like no other.

Sarah Ashdown’s insurmountable guilt and remorse over the death of a young girl sets in motion one of the most unbelievable stories of World War II. An ordinary housewife who defied the odds to become one of the most wanted women in occupied Europe, her story of determination and courage will shock and inspire those who read it.

Gandossi, through Sarah’s story, takes readers back to the past and allows them to experience the same feelings and emotions as the main character (and of the people who lived during those times). The author’s seamless storytelling allows readers to empathize with Sarah and better understand her mantra of “never giving up on something one really want to do despite the risks.” Not only touching on the emotional side, this book also showcases different aspects of life in Britain, occupied France and in Germany.

“I want everyone to take a step back in time when they read my books,” Gandossi candidly shares. “Every book should take the reader on a journey. With my dedication to preserving history I know that each and every person will begin that journey from the very first word.”

Gandossi’s book is available for purchase at Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Simon Gandossi is a historical fiction author who was born and raised in Western Australia. From an early age, he has discovered a passion for history and writing. It is that passion combined with his desire to bring to light different aspects of the past that makes him a unique writer. There are a lot of people who give up so much to follow their dreams and Gandossi is no different. To become a professional writer is difficult but his hard work and determination has seen him develop from an amateur to a full time writer in just a few years.

Fantastic Audible Narrator: Analyze People

How to Analyze People
Nathan Newman & Sarah Faulkner

Narrated by Anneliese Rennie

Do you want to learn more about human behavior?

Find out with How to Analyze People: Proven Techniques to Analyzing People, Body Language, Human Behavior, Reading People and Human Psychology.

Do you want to have more fruitful and harmonious relationships?

Using this easy-to-follow book with simple ways of analyzing and categorizing personalities you can!

This book is a good guide for anyone wishing to learn about human behavior in all is diverse glory.

This book not only breaks down what experts have said over the years about the various personality types and their associated traits, but also presents the facts relating to human behavior in very simple language. You will find it interesting to learn how many misconceptions you often have about people you know, including coworkers, family members, and those in your social circle. Best of all, after going through the tips provided in this book, you will find it very easy to relate to people of different personalities in ways that help you have more fruitful and harmonious relationships.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell

It’s now been several years since I graduated college, and have moved on to find my one true calling in life—librarianship.  I honestly thought all that was done and settled.  I’d never have to live or feel the college experience ever again.

And then I read Fangirl.

I was privileged to hear Rainbow Rowell speak at BEA in 2015 and let me tell you—she’s incredible.  First of all, she was so funny and seemed so nice and, in the spirit of Cath and Levi and not being weird at all, she has AMAZING hair.  To summarize: I really wished I could be her friend.

I hadn’t been too motivated to read her books before BEA due to the horribly-large selection of YA dystopians I was consuming by the bucket-load.  But then everything changed.  And by “everything changed” I mean my coworker threatened to kill me if I didn’t read Fangirl immediately.  So I did.

Wow.

Just, wow.

Rainbow Rowell has managed to masterfully recreate not only my freshman year dilemma, but also recreate the exact feeling of being in college for the first time.  I felt this book in my chest—I was Cath completely (minus the twin and the hot boyfriend).  I didn’t drink, I stayed in all the time and I just didn’t get it.  I was scared of having sex because everyone else was already more experienced and most importantly, I ate ramen noodles from my closet because I didn’t know where the dining hall was and I was too scared to ask anyone.

Rowell captures the betrayal of changing best friends and the hardship of having a parent with a mental disorder.  It’s all there, ready to sock you in the feels.

She gives us hope too, at the end, and that’s exactly what freshman year felt like—failure fixed by friendship, self-discovery and hope.

Rainbow Rowell has very quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time—may she write one hundred thousand books!

The Marvels by Brian Selznik

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Brian Selznick

Holy cow—I needed a break when I was done reading this one.  Another beautiful fiction story woven by artist and storyteller Brian Selznick, this tale spends some time in the past and some time in the present, weaving together a beautiful history of one boy’s family.

The novel opens with pictures that detail the history of the Marvel family, starting with Billy in 1776 and ending suddenly, mid-action with Leo, Billy’s great-great-grandson.  The center of the book then follows Joseph, a young boy running away in the year 1990.

Through this story, we get to know more about Joseph, his uncle, and the mysterious Marvel family.  The story that unfolds is both heart-warming, heart-breaking, and soul-filling.  It’s about finding your family with those who love you, and about telling the stories that warm you up from the inside, even if they’re a bit painful.

I absolutely LOVED this book.  I fell in love with the Marvel family, I grieved with them, I even plotted out their family unit as I was reading.  I loved every moment I got to spend with them.  And then I got to meet Albert and Joseph and Blink and I fell in love with them too.  How could anyone not?

I fell in love with the storytelling, with the mystery of the Marvels, and with the way the story concluded.  There was one moment where I worried that the end wasn’t real, and it was just Joseph imagining the future, but then I realized that the time jump and the child fit the exact mold of the overall story and knew it would all be okay.

What an incredible job Mr. Selznick did when he created this book—it’s by far one of my favorite read of all time.  There’s a great line from the book that describes how I feel having just finished it: “…and his heart nearly broke with love.”

I highly recommend this one—six out of five stars!

A Moment In Your Arms: The “Just Mare” Story

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Ronald Randazzo

220 pages of BEAUTY and MADNESS. Darkly romantic poetry, artwork, and short stories from the website “Cocaine Kiss” by Ronald Randazzo. Also includes BONUS selection of chapters from the in-progress and unpublished novel Sadly Jane & Empty.

For more information, visit: http://www.amomentinyourarms.com

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Black Ops, Aliens, Spirits, Bigfoot and our untold History: Everything is connected

answersOnce in a while a book comes along that captures the public’s imagination, this book however is not fiction, it’s a factual book that may change the way you view the world!

The book covers a huge range of topics in the paranormal genre and connects them together, showing us that Bigfoot has connections to Aliens and Spirits for example.

A fast paced book which doesn’t just explore the possibility that everything is connected – it also explains why! With the most up to date information on fascinating subjects.

Ancient Earth
Ancient Moon and Mars
Anunnaki
Egypt
Dinosaurs and Man
Bloodlines
Little Green Men
Souls and Spirits
Black Ops and Secret Space Program
Crop Circles
Other Aliens
Men in Black
Time Travel, Remote Viewing
Bigfoot

This book is put together in chronological order and perfect for those who have either been studying for years or are newcomers to these topics. A world of exciting new information awaits you…

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George

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Alex Gino

This is about George, a young child who is born a boy but knows he is actually a girl.  It’s the story of her discovering bravery and confronting her family, her friends, and her own heart to debut in the world exactly the way she was meant to.

I started this book ready to love it—trans-child as a main character by an author who didn’t seem like they were using the trans-community to make a quick buck?  Yes, please!  Regardless of how ready I was to read about a little girl waiting to be seen, I was still nervous that I was going to be disappointed.

Overall, I really liked this book—it proved to be just a plain ol’ story, which was a huge relief.  Sometimes when a book comes out about a hot topic or featuring a character that’s not white/straight/CIS, so on, there tends to be a lot of explaining regarding what it’s like to exist as them.  While this book did that, I don’t think it was over-the-top or condescending.

My favorite character in the book (besides Melissa, of course) was her best friend.  We all need a Kelly in our life, and her character really helped to settle the tense moments when adults said or did the wrong thing.

And that’s another thing—the reactions of the adults in Melissa’s life felt very real.  Not every adult gets it, or can keep up with a trans-child’s needs during their transition.  Sometimes they say the wrong thing, even if they have good intentions.  In this book, there’s a lot of push back and a lot of confusion.  Reading the parts where her teacher said silly things, or the anger and denial of Melissa’s mother awoke a protective fierceness in me.  I think that’s an important thing to read and to feel.

And so—if you’re looking for a sweet book about a little girl who want to play Charlotte in her school’s production of Charlotte’s Web, grab this one.  I rate it 4/5 stars.

PS: Alex Gino’s website is one of the happiest author sites I’ve seen in a while.  Look them up, they’re awesome.